Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013)

Announced:
Sep 25, 2013
Status:
Released
Release date:
Oct 2, 2013

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0
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Display

Size:

7.0 inches

Resolution:

1280 x 800 pixels, 216 PPI

Technology:

IPS LCD

Screen-to-body:

58.11 %

Features:

Ambient light sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Hardware & Performance

Processor:

Dual-core, 1500 MHz

GPU:

Yes

RAM:

1GB

Internal storage:

8GB

OS:

Android (4.2.2), Amazon Fire OS UI

Battery

Type:

Not user replaceable

Camera

Front:

Yes

Design

Dimensions:

7.52 x 5.04 x 0.42 inches (191 x 128 x 10.6 mm)

Weight:

12.17 oz (345 g)
the average is 20.7 oz (591 g)

Colors:

Black

Multimedia

Headphones:

3.5mm jack

Features:

Album art cover, Background playback, Dolby Mobile

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth:

Yes

Wi-Fi:

802.11 b, g, n, dual-band

USB:

microUSB, USB 2.0

Features:

Charging

Sensors:

Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Other:

Computer sync, OTA sync

Shopping information

Warranty period:

12 Months

In The Box:

USB 2.0 cable, 5W power adapter, and Quick Start Guide

MSRP:

$ 139

ALTERNATIVE VARIANTS

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 16GB

Differences from the main variant:

Internal storage:

16GB

MSRP:

$ 169

Cons

  • Lacks a camera on the back
  • Thick body (0.42 inches)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • Lacks GPS

Description

So what changed about the Kindle Fire HD? Well, for starters the body has been overhauled completely – it's got a new industrial-looking design which has made it both thinner and lighter than before, not to mention that bezels have gone through a much needed trimming. The new slate also comes with a refreshed Fire OS 3.0, aka Mojito installed – Amazon's fork on Android – which comes preloaded with even more productivity apps and features. In case you're wondering, all Amazon tablets have their own separate Amazon app store, though apps written for Android work just fine. But, wait! That's not all – hardware has also gotten a slight bump. Namely, the 1GHz dual-core OMAP chipset by Texas Instruments has been replaced with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core one, though the exact make hasn't been revealed. The rest of the specs are pretty much identical to last year's – a 7-inch display running a resolution of 1280x800, the same dual stereo speakers and 1GB of RAM. These are hardly a match for the still minty-fresh 2013 Nexus 7, though considering that the 2013 Kindle Fire HD costs almost a $100 less, it does feel like Amazon will continue to reign supreme in the budget category.

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